Yang ± Yin Gender in Chinese Cinema (1997)

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  • Yang + Yin Gender in Chinese Cinema Alternative
  • Yang and Yin Gender in Chinese Cinema Alternative
  • Naamsaang-neuiseung Alternative


A personal account of Chinese film history by Hong Kong director Stanley Kwan, who examines in particular issues of gender and sexuality. Includes interviews with a number of important filmmakers as well as the director's mother; Kwan also uses this film publicly to address his own sexual identity.

Film extracts Rouge (1988) Actress (1991) Full Moon in New York (1989) Red Rose, White Rose (1994) Way of the Dragon (1973) The Three Kingdoms () The Slaughter in Xian () A Better Tomorrow (1986) The Killer (1989) Waves Wash the Sand (1936) The Highway (1936) Song at Midnight, Part II (1941) The Phantom lover (1995) Song at Midnight (1937) Autumn Begonia (1943) Farewell My Concubine (1992) The Big Stage () Two Stage Sisters (1964 TV version of Farewell My Concubine story) Legend of Garland Mountain (1985) Hibiscus Town (1987) Woman Basketball Player No. 5 Maiden Rose (1995) Fallen Angels (1995) The Time to Live and the Time to Die (1985) Rebels of the Neon God (1992) A Brighter Summer Day (1991) Father and Son (1981) Ah Ying (1982) The Wedding Banquet (1993) Pushing Hands (1985) Taipei Story (1985) A City of Sadness (1990) Vive l'amour (1984) The Square (1994) Beijing Bastards (1992) Peking Opera Blues (1987) The Lovers (1995) Swordsman II (1991) Liang Shanbo and Zhu Yingtai (1953) Ashes of Time (1994) Handsome Siblings (1994) The Purple Hairpin (1957) Tragedy of a Poet King (1968)

[nb the synopsis, presumable dating from the early planning stages of the film, originally read as follows: A personal look at Chinese cinema by film director Shu Kei, framed as an imaginary inquisition in 1997, with Communist officials challenging Shu Kei himself to account for his work with films that they consdiered subversive and illegal. His answers - illustrated with film clips and other testimony - range back across Chinese film history.]

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